Essence of Yoga


Welcome back to EoY Blog!

Here is what’s coming up!

Introduction to Essential Oils with Jessica

Date: Sunday 10/25/2015  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Experience the world of essential oils and their profound empowerment in the area of your personal health. Learn how they can be used to improve your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of the plant. They have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medical and therapeutic benefits.  Sure, they smell great but essential oils also provide
countless healing benefits.
Start taking control of your own health with the power of essential oils!
This hands on workshop is
fun and educational.
Beginner Workshop with Shirley
Know Before You Flow
Informative Two Hour Workshop.

SunDate: 11/1/2015From: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost: $30
 Pre-register and save by Nov. 25th.
Limited space
Ideal for new students, and students who would like to improve their practice.
Get the full benefit of your practice while avoiding injury.
Focus: Alignment of basic yoga poses, breathing technique and a brief introduction to yoga philosophy.
Singing Bowl Meditation
 with Jessica
Date: Friday  11/6/2015 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Cost: $20

Experience a powerful guided meditation using the healing vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls. The meditation is followed by an enlightening spiritual discussion known as Satsang. Satsang means: “the company of the highest truth.” Together we will explore the mysteries of spirituality and learn to bring peace to our every lives through  meditation and mindfulness.  Please eat a vegetarian diet prior to class and try to wear light colored, comfortable clothing.

All levels are of practice are welcome and encouraged to join.

It’s FALL!!!!!
Here are some things you can do to care for yourself during this time.

1. Try  a mono-diet cleanse using warm, well-cooked foods.  The most well know dietary cleanse in Ayurvedic medicine is the infamous Kitchari Cleanse. Due to the nature of Kitchari being warm, mushy, well-cooked and well-spiced, this is a great option for a Fall cleanse.  If Kitchari is not a favorite of yours, other mono-diet options for a Fall cleanse can be vegetable soup, veggie soup with quinoa, or red lentil soup with veggies.  As long as the ingredients are simple, easy-to-digest, well-cooked, well-spiced (i.e. turmeric, ginger, fennel, cumin, black pepper, fenugreek, etc) and stay monotonous (meaning NO other foods), it should be a good option.


Snip20151018_1Kichari Recipe

1 cup of basmati rice

1/2 cup of split mung dahl

1tbs of ghee  or use a good  organic vegetable oil.

pinch of turmeric

pinch of asafoetida (you can get this at Whole Foods)

When I make this I do not add ghee or asafoetida because I cannot  find it easily. However, I add onions, garlic, a little ginger, carrots, celery and zucchini. Wash the rice and mung beans until the water runs clear. Saute the the turmeric onions, and garlic for a few minutes. Then add the rice and mung beans, continue to saute for another 3 minutes. Add the chopped vegetables and boiling water. Reduce heat and cook until vegetables and rice are soft. Eat warm.

Tiwari, Maya. Ayurveda A life in Balance. Rochester: Healing Arts Press: 1995. Print.

2. Sip on hot-warm water  Warm water will not only help to keep the body warm, but is a great aid in facilitating a cleanse.  Believe it or not, warm water is powerful at flushing toxins from the system and increasing the digestive fire.  It will also help to keep the system hydrated during this drying time of year.  Begin each day with 16 ounces of hot water and continue to drink at least 6-8 cups more throughout the day; feel free to add lemon if desired.  ***Always avoid all cold or iced beverages during a cleanse.

3. Sip on warm herbal tea throughout the cleanse.  Another great aid in a cleanse is drinking warm herbal tea throughout each day.  The best options for the Fall season include fresh ginger tea (avoid dry ginger at this time).

4. Take a gentle restorative Yoga  Class.  A great compliment to a Fall cleanse is the grounding action (or non-action) of some restorative Yoga.  Gentle forward folds, reclined seated postures (i.e. supta virasana, supta badhakonsana, supta padmasana) or “legs up the wall”  are all great postures for this time.  Stay in each pose for several minutes, using a pillow to hold you up.  Perform a couple of these stress reducing postures each day  to work on both the body and the mind.

11 Ayurvedic Tips for a Fall Cleanse BY DANIELLE | SEP 14 2015 Retrieved from





Next month at EOY …

     Meditation with Tea Leaves 

photo-15Join Adria Andromeda for a cosmic evening of meditation and tea leaf reading!

Adria will guide you through a meditation using Tibetan singing bowls to awaken your intuition and afterwards you will be introduced to the ancient divination practice of tea leaf reading. This practice will help you to connect more deeply to your intuition and be open to the guidance of your inner wisdom in life.

Space is limited! Please reserve your spot

When: June 7th 2-3:30 pm

Cost: $25

Last month at EOY…

There was a ” Mala Bead Meditation” workshop. Mala beads are Hindu or Buddhist prayer beads used  to keep count when chanting during mediation. There are many types of beads that can be selected for healing , balancing and luck.




The weather is getting hot! Stay cool with this meditation.

Sitali Pranayam

Sitali Pranayam is known to have a powerful cooling, relaxing effect on the body, while maintaining alertness. It is known to lower fevers, and aid digestion.

  • Curl the tongue into a ‘U” shape
  • Inhale through the curled tongue.
  • Exhale through the nose.

You may notice the tongue tasting bitter at first. This is a sign of detoxification and will pass.


  • Inhale and exhale through the curled tongue.



Destination Addiction: The Killer of Happiness

Beware of


A preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, next partner.

Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else it will never be where you are.

– Author Unknown



Namaste and Welcome Back to EOY Blog!

This month at EOY:

1. Free your achy joints with Lesia!

Lesia will lead a joint freeing session for all levels.

When: March 29th 2pm-4pm.

Cost: $30

2. There is a new beginner class on Thursdays at 5pm with Lindsey.

3.  Don’t Forget Reiki!!

Heal and energize your body by joining the EOY Reiki Circle on the LAST Friday of every month.



There are so many new yoginis and yogis practicing at EOY we have added 2 more fantastic teachers and classes.

Cody Drasser

Essence photo

Cody teaches with  an emphasis on pranayama and raising energy, his teaching style could be referred to as an
intensive study in energy ecology.  He is a professional yoga therapist, and has completed 500+ hours  in the Prana Kriya yoga tradition. Cody taught  asana and meditation workshops for over three years at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts before moving to Austin, Texas to teach at several well-known yoga
studios. Cody will be teaching the “Beginner Level Yoga” class on Wednesday at 4pm Saturday at and the “All Levels Yoga” class on Saturday at 11:30am.



Jessica Pisano

Big dark pink Lotus Flower photo

Jessica has believed in the healing benefits of exercise since she was a young girl, witnessing several family members battle diabetes, heart disease and/or cancer.  As an adult she was drawn to yoga because of its incredible ability to strengthen and heal the body while focusing and empowering the mind. Jessica received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification from the Healing Movements Yoga Training and  is certified by the Yoga Alliance. Jessica considers yoga a gift and is excited to share this gift with all who attend her classes.  Jessica teaches the “Beginner Level Yoga” on  Sunday at 11:30am.


30 Day Challenge Update!

Our winners are…

Joanne: 1st place

Terry: 2nd place

Diane 3rd place.

Thank you to everyone who  participated in this challenge  you must be feeling the benefits of increasing your practice, which means you are all winners!


Here is what you all have been up to at EOY!






























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Hello and Welcome Back!

EOY hopes you all had a wonderful holiday!

Here is what’s happening in January:


Perhaps you over indulged this holiday season and didn’t have a chance to practice as much yoga as you would have liked. Maybe you want to step up your yoga practice as your resolution for this year. Now is a chance to forgive yourself, get back on track and increase your practice with the 30 DAY YOGA CHALLENGE.  Practice yoga at EOY for 30 days starting January 11th, 2015.

If you practice for 30 days between January 11th and February 14th your name will be entered in a raffle and you will have a chance to win gift certificates to use on your next EOY purchase.

Here is how the challenge works:

  • Practice yoga at EOY for 30 days  from January 11th -February 14th 2015.
  • Your name is entered into a raffle
  • 1st name picked from the raffle will win $100 gift certificate, 2nd name picked from  the raffle will win a $75 gift certificate and the 3rd name picked from the raffle will win a $50 gift certificate.
  • All gift certificates are used toward your next purchase at EOY.



Know Before You Flow!


  •  This beginners workshop will focus on alignment in basic yoga postures, breathing techniques and an introduction to yogic philosophy.
  • When: January 18th 2-4PM
  • Cost: $30



Meditation and Reiki Classes

Reduce stress with meditation on the  FIRST Friday of every month
Heal and energize your body by joining the EOY Reiki Circle on the LAST Friday of every month.

3 tips to get back on track after the holidays



1. Start Today: 

As yogi Bhajan would say ” When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.”  If your yoga and healthy eating has taken a hiatus, get back to it ASAP. There is no time other than now to go back to or start a healthy routine.

2. Join EOY’s 30 Day Yoga Challenge: You will be a part of a community of  yogis which will support your healthy routine.



3.  Smile:
Smiling reduces stress and anxiety  by releasing  the “feel-good” hormones called endorphins from your brain. Smiling helps to make  you feel more comfortable in social settings. Smiling makes others feel more comfortable around you. Smiling can help you stay positive.  So smile more often!

Partner Yoga Coming Soon!!!

EOY Partner Workshop